Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy
Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy

A feisty "Spamalot" and fiery Irish fiddling -- two sure cures for cabin fever in case the winter bug has bitten this year.

What better way to enjoy the hit Broadway show than at a high-school production performed by young thespians doing it strictly for the fun of it?

Players at the Innovation Academy Charter School, 72 Tyng Road in Tyngsboro, bring "Spamalot -- School Edition" to life Thursday and Friday, March 14-15, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, March 16, at 2 and 7 p.m.

"Spamalot" takes you on King Arthur's quest for the Holy Grail, while encountering the Knights of Ni, flatulent Frenchmen, catapulting cows, killer rabbits and the Laker Girls cheerleaders.

Concert pianist Virginia Eskin
Concert pianist Virginia Eskin

The show is lovingly ripped off from the movie "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." It was nominated for 14 Tony Awards and won three, including Best Musical.

Among its show-stopping tunes are "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life," "You Won't Succeed on Broadway" and "His Name is Lancelot."

Tickets available, by searching "Innovation Academy" at or at the door.

While kids are "spamming it up" in Tyngsboro, famed Celtic fiddler Natalie MacMaster and her equally talented husband, Donnell Leahy, burn up the stage at Worcester's Hanover Theatre on Friday, March 15, at 8 p.m., to kick off St. Patrick's Day weekend festivities.


It marks MacMaster's first visit to Worcester since 2013. She and Leahy, a fierce fiddling duo, command the stage with an explosive celebration of raw energy and passion that infuses the traditional heritage with a taste for the contemporary. Visit

After partaking of these two offerings, we hope your cabin fever is long gone and doesn't come back.

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In the Wings

STRIKE UP THE BAND: Concert pianist Virginia Eskin joins the Chelmsford Community Band at its winter concert Sunday, March 10, at 2 p.m., at the Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton Road. The program includes Gershwin's lush "Rhapsody in Blue," Gottschalk's "Celebre Tarantelle" and "Indigo Run" by Cedric Adderley. Eskin has performed with numerous symphony orchestras, as well as the Boston Classical Orchestra, Boston Ballet Orchestra and the Boston Pops. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed and used to purchase music and to pay for rehearsal space. Visit for info.

SIGN OF SPRING: The beloved Big Apple Circus returns this spring for its annual Boston-area appearance, playing in a new location -- the Northshore Mall in Peabody -- April 4-May 5. Real-life wonder women take the reins in the 41st season show, led by a new ringmaster, Stephanie Monseau. She'll be joined by several female-led acts. The show will also feature a new Mirror Room VIP experience leading into the Big Top tent with craft circus treats and entertainment for all ages. Performances are Wednesdays-Sundays, with 2-3 shows each day. Tickets available at or at

DUNAWAY ON STAGE: Stage and screen legend Faye Dunaway returns to the stage with a pre-Broadway engagement in "Tea at Five" at Boston's Huntington Theatre, June 21-July 7. Dunaway will portray another legend, Katharine Hepburn, in Matthew Lombardo's new version of his acclaimed play, directed by John Tillinger. The play will open on Broadway later this year. Tickets are on sale at, at 617-933-8600 or at the box offices at 264 Huntington Avenue or 527 Tremont St., Boston.